17 Sep 2017

The other night I talked about and read from The Hopkins Conundrum in Sudbury, Suffolk, as a guest of Gainsborough’s House art gallery.

The House were great host...

23 May 2017

Here’s the text of a blog I wrote for Foyles on why next year’s centenary of Hopkins’ first publication will be an excellent time to remember him.

Even though sh...

8 May 2017

Hopkins gave the nuns a heroic role in his poem but the real truth, as eyewitness accounts made clear, is more prosaic. Here's the text of my article in the Dai...

26 Sep 2016

Today we sent the proof copies of The Hopkins Conundrum to be printed – which was an exciting moment because it meant we had finalised the cover design.

This is...

28 Aug 2016

I’m not the first novelist inspired by The Wreck of the Deutschland. I hadn’t realised it when I started out, but I’m following in the footsteps of Muriel Spark...

14 Aug 2016

YESTERDAY we went to Whitstable, the ancient fishing port on the North Kent coast which has been famous for its oysters since Roman times.

To the west are the ma...

7 Aug 2016

I WAS BORN in Chester, not far from the part of North Wales where much of The Hopkins Conundrum was set. My mother was Welsh, and it was her first language, so...

11 May 2016

THE BODIES of four of the five nuns on whom The Wreck of the Deutschland is based were brought ashore at Harwich and then taken to London.

Their funeral took pla...

10 May 2016

THIS is St Beuno’s, the Jesuit college near St Asaph in North Wales which was home to Gerard Manley Hopkins while he was composing The Wreck of the Deutschland.

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